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A Note From Uzezi Adesite

My Introduction as published in Prison to Photography

I picked up some bits and pieces of Seun’s story from his articles when we met in 2018. I didn’t have the full picture; the details about why he went to prison and all that transpired as a result. 

When I learned he planned to write his story, From Prison to Photography, I knew I would be one of the first readers of the book because I was already intrigued by his personality and believed knowing his story would give me a better insight into who he is and the things he does.

Then one day he shocked me. “Uzezi, I have decided that you should be the one to write my story,” he said to me. I remember that Saturday in 2019. We were both attending the curriculum review meeting of our class at Daystar Christian Centre as we are both teachers at the Junior Church, and we were standing outside the class of Little Stars 7.

Beyond being excited about the opportunity, I felt honoured. He was going to let me into that vulnerable place to tell me his story. And he did. How you feel when you’re writing your story alone is different from when you’re narrating the same story to someone else. Your emotions, intentions and your truths are laid out.

When you sing to yourself in the bathroom, you pay little attention to how you sound. It’s just you and you’re not afraid of being yourself. But facing an audience is bravery. You are vulnerable enough to let go, to be seen or heard as you are, unsure of the reception or what the critics would say. And this is exactly what Seun did. As he narrated, I took a trip with him back in time and became not only a spectator but also a pupil because Seun’s story is an institution where I had to unlearn things I thought I knew to learn a different acceptance.

Each time, while listening to the audio files we recorded, while transcribing and developing the story,  I was struck afresh by the magnitude of Seun’s experience and appreciated the strength in his seeming weakness as a defenceless prisoner, and the child no parent wants to have. Then, I would arrive at one of the reasons why I agreed to take on this project with him The turnaround.

More than anything, that was the story I was interested in. Fallen so deep, coated with layers of shame and finding the strength to peel back layer after layer despite the sting to get back up, is what this book is all about.

Jentezen Franklin, in one of his sermons, said “Goliaths don’t show up till you enter the territory God has promised you … The presence of a giant is proof that you have entered your promised land.”

Ironically, the prison became the path that stirred Seun into the future he is living today. He wouldn’t have it without going to prison and defeating the giants. His story has made me more appreciative of challenges because each one of them has a purpose.

I am glad to have been a part of this project that would impact many lives positively. This gives me a feeling that I am fulfilling my purpose.

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